NAW S2 EP6 - The woes of Team Nigeria’s performance at the IAAF World Championships London 2017

August 16, 2017

We talk about Nigeria's performance at the London World Championships where for the second successive time we have failed to win a medal.

How is it becoming normal that a country of Nigeria's prospects and population can't seem to win a medal at a global championships like this?

 

It is also of bad note, the shoddy preparations of Team Nigeria, with athletes needing the intervention of IAAF before they could secure UK visas, and having to arrive just a day before their events. Even some got to London a day before the end of the championship. Did we not shoot ourselves on the foot?

 

Fast forward to Doha 2019, do we think we can end the medal drought in Qatar, what do we need to do to be able to finish on the podium then?

 

Now that the season has ended, do we think ensuring that the National Sports Festival happens this year will help Nigerian athletes get ready for 2018 season, considering that the Commonwealth Games will happen in April?

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GAW S2 EP5 - Review of Rabat, Lausanne and London Diamond Leagues. World U18 Championships analyzed

July 21, 2017

A few shocking and disappointing performances were recorded. Blessing Okagbare seems to have been picking up at the right time. Elaine Thompson put up a fierce performance against Marie Talou. Shaunae Miller put up a winning performance, while Caster Semenya really trailed. Nigel Amos also bouncing back at the right time.

 

What are the potentials of Andre DeGrasse at the World Champs in the 200m. Conseslus Kipruto did not win his Steeplechase event. A new champion emerged.

 

We also go back to the Lausanne and London Diamond Leagues that happened close to each other.

 

We also go back to the World U18 in Kenya. Some impressive times were posted. South Africa is rising to dominance in track and field events, as this was evident in them topping the medal table.

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GAW S2 EP4: The 2017 Paris Diamond League, US and Jamaican National Trials reviewed.

July 6, 2017

At the Paris Diamond League, Nijel Amos bounced back to winning ways. Are things shaping up for him before the World Champs? Some upsets happened in the Men's Javelin, 110m Hurdles, 3000m Steeplechase and women's 1500m. Do we think they happened by a stroke of luck, or does it signify that things could change ahead of the World Championships? Can the likes of Elaine Thompson, Sam Kendricks, Mutaz Barshim and Chris Taylor extend their unbeaten run to the World Championships? What about a Will Claye vs Taylor rivalry in the Triple Jump? And with Pichardo back, will things be any different? What is happening to Renaud Lavillenie who seems to have lost his confidence? We also saw Ramil Guliyev's surprise emergence in the 200m?

 

We also review the US and Jamaican National Trials. Highlights from the US Trials include the fastest ever women's 400m Hurdles race which was won with 52.64s; Gatlin and Tori Bowie winning the 100m titles, Christian Coleman's emergence as the only male sprinter doing the 100m/200m in London, Noah Lyles pulling out of the 200m; the emergence of young sprinters on the US team like Deajah Stevens who won the women's 200m ahead of Tori Bowie, and Fred Kerly, World Leader in the 400m with 43.70s, winning the US title; With LaShawn Merritt and Allyson Felix pulling out of the 200m, youth seems to be upstaging experience in the US team. We will also talk about Ryan's Crouser's best Shot Put throw in the world in 14 years;

 

From the Jamaican Trials, Elaine Thompson won the 100m with a new WL and has opted out of the 200m. What does this portend? Who is the likely women's 200m Champion in London? Yohan Blake won the sprint double. Can he make the podium twice in London? Seems Veronica Campbell-Brown's best days are over as she didn't compete due to injury. What can we say about her career?

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NAW S2 EP3 AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions meet & Marseille reviewed and upcoming AFN elections

June 9, 2017

Leading off with last weekend's AFN/Dynamic Solutions meet. Making of Champions' Joy Udo Gabriel ran two PBs to qualify for the African Junior Championships later this month. Also, another MoC athlete - Glory Nyenke attained qualification as well.

 

Samson Nathaniel and Yinka Ajayi also both qualified for the London World Championships. 

We also express our general outlook on the AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions meet which held in Abuja.

 

We then talk about Blessing Okagbare who ran an SB last weekend in Marseille, and looks like she would be one of the leading athletes expected at the Racers Grand Prix in Jamaica this weekend. Margaret Bamgbose also hit qualification for London 2017 at this same meet. 

Peter Moreno has broken the Decathlon National Record set by Lee Okoroafor since 2003, setting a new one (subject to ratification). 

 

We conclude by talking about the AFN elections next week, are there clear front-runners now? Listen to discover a new board member that has emerged.

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GAW S2 EP3 - Adidas Boost Boston Games, Josef Odložil Memorial in Prague reviewed and Rome DL previewed

June 8, 2017

We review the Adidas Boost Boston Games.

-  Wayde Van Niekerk won the 200m straight, while Shaunae Miller-Uibo raced to fastest time ever over the distance, a time of 21.76s, smashing Allyson Felix’s former mark of 22.55s. Both Felix and Van Niekerk are going for the 200/400 double in London. Can Miller pull off both successfully? 

-  Tori Bowie won the 150m in 16.30s, also erasing Felix’s former mark of 16.33s. Where do we place Bowie in the scheme of things? Will Felix go for the double, since that was her target for Rio, and even if she does, can she stand the onslaught from the likes of Thompson, Bowie and Dafne Schippers in the 200m? Is it safe to say her best days are over?

-  Alonso Edward won the 150m in 15.09s, beating Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake. Can Blake successfully combine the sprint double, or should he just stick with the 100m in London?

-  Keston Bledman won the 100m in 10.21s, same time as Akani Simbine who was 2nd. Is the law of diminishing returns setting in for the South African?

 

We review the Josef Odložil Memorial in Prague, Czech on Monday.

-          Antonio Alkana set an African and Meeting Record to win the 110 Hurdles, fifth fastest time in the world this year.  Listen to find out his time.

-          Mosito Lehata won the 100m in a PB and NR, same time as Japan’s Yoshihide Kiryu who was 2nd, while South African Thando Roto was 3rd.

-          Wenda Nel won the 400m Hurdles in an SB of 54.66s, 9th on the 2017 World list. South Africa seems to be producing a lot of stars in various events. What can other African nations learn from them?

-          Isaac Makwala placed 5th in the 400m. The race was won by Luka Janezic in an MR. Are the younger Botswanans sending Makwala into retirement?

 

We preview the Rome Diamond League on Thursday.

-          Women’s 100m: Dafne Schippers vs Ta Lou, Michelle-Lee Ahye & Tianna Bartoletta

-          Men’s 200m: Andre De Grasse vs Ameer Webb, Aaron Brown & Brendon Rodney

-          Men’s Javelin: Thomas Rohler vs Johannes Vetter, Julius Yego, Andreas Hofmann

-          Women’s Triple Jump: World Leader Yulimar Rojas vs Caterine Ibarguen & Olga Rypakova

-          Men’s 3000m Steeplechase: Conseslus Kipruto vs Ezekiel Kemboi

-          Women’s 5000m: Genzebe Dibaba vs Hellen Obiri

-          110 Hurdles: Orlando Ortega vs Aries Merritt, David Oliver and Andrew Pozzi

-          Women’s 400m: Novlene Williams-Mills (50.54s) vs Botswana’s Lydia Jele who is the fastest in the field (50.32s), & Natasha Hastings (50.74s)

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S2 EP2: 2017 Jamaican Invitational, Kawasaki World Challenge and Shanghai Diamond League reviewed.

May 24, 2017

Highlights in this episode include: 

At the Jamaican Invitational

-Elaine Thompson ran a WL of 22.09s. Is it possible for Thompson to get beaten this year? 

- 20-year old Kyron McMaster won the 400m Hurdles with a scorching WL of 47.80s; Is a new order emerging in the 400m Hurdles? 

- Yohan Blake won the 100m in an SB of 9.93s; is he back for real? 

- Morolake Akinosun won the women's event  

- Andre De Grasse won the 200m in 20.14s, Merritt was 2nd. Can he successfully pull off the 200m//400m double this year?

- 35-year old Novlene Williams-Mills won the 400m in 50.54s. It was an emotional victory for her because she'll be retiring at the end of the season. Having overcome cancer, can we say she has courage?

 

Review of the Kawasaki World Challenge

- Justin Gatlin won the 100m in 10.28s.

- Aaron Brown won the 200m in 20.62s

- China's Shiying Liu won the women's Javelin with an Asian Record of 66.47m

- Tianna Bartoletta won the Long Jump with 6.79m, Shara proctor 2nd with 6.65m 

- Ivet Lalova-Collio won the sprint double in 11.40s and 22.98s 

- Thomas Rohler won the Javelin in 86.55m

- Queen Harrison won the 100m Hurdles in 12.65s

 

Review of the Shanghai Diamond League

- Luvo Manyonga setting a DLR of 8.61m in the Long Jump. He said he was aiming for 8.80m. Is the World Record under threat?

- Several WLs set:Elaine Thompson's 10.78s in the 100m, Bowie 2nd in 11.04s and Ta Lou 3rd in 11.07s. Murielle Ahoure was 6th in the race. Is it safe to say that Ta Lou has overtaken her mentor?

- Shaunae Miller-Uibo's WL of 49.77s. What do we expect to see in the women's 400m this year?

- Noah Lyles 19.90s in the 200m. Is he a factor in the scheme of things?

- Bershawn Jackson's MR of 48.63s in the 400m Hurdles, Kipyegon's WL of 3:59.22 in the 1500m, Hellen Obiri's WL of 14.22.47 in the 5000m, Ruth Jebet's revenge in the 3000m Steeplechase, winning with an MR of 9:04.78

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#GAW S2 EP1 - Highlights from 2017 IAAF World Relays, Africa’s National Champs, Penn Relays and the return of the Diamond League

May 4, 2017

The IAAF World Relays held in the Bahamas from April 22-23. We recap USA's amazing winnings, Jamaica's Championship Record and the shocking baton display, Germany's unexpected GOLD, Canada and Botswana. What does the future hold for them in London's World Champs?

We also touch on Highlights from South Africa’s National Championships where Wayde Van Niekerk ran a World Lead, Luvo Manyonga and her record with Caster Semenya qualifying for both events in London: will both she and Van Niekerk go for the double? What are their prospects? Top 5 fastest times in the world in the 200m are from 4 South Africans: can they defeat the Jamaicans and Americans?

We also go back in time to the Penn Relays where the battle for supremacy between the USA and Jamaica continued. Listen to see how that played out. And remember, the power man Usain Bolt retires this year. How would this affect Jamaica?

Also, fast forwarding into the immediate future, the IAAF Diamond League kicks off on May 5th in Doha! Which key events should you watch out for? 

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NAW Ep 21 - Nigeria returns from the Paralympics Games and exciting updates on Top Sprinter 2016

September 21, 2016

 A general review of Nigeria's performance at the Rio2016 Paralympic Games. What can be done to have a sustained performance like this at subsequent Paralympics in years to come?

 

Nigeria finished 22nd in London, although with more medals, 13. However this time around Nigeria moved up five places to finish 17th with 12 medals, although with more GOLD medals than was won four years ago. 

 

How come the Paralympians are performing better than Olympians? Not like the former get better treatment from the sporting federations, or are they more motivated? What could be the story behind their success? Looking forward to Tokyo 2020, what are our expectations? Would things have changed by then. 

 

National Youth Games reviewed.

 

It's the final week of registration for Top Sprinter. As we are enter the final phase of registrations, those who haven't done so have till 25th to do so. 


A few more things to know about this years' event:

 Nigerian Olympians Oduduru, Erayokan, over 400 others confirmed for Top Sprinter 2016! 

Top Sprinter 2016 Event Schedule released as Registration Deadline approaches

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GAW Ep 21 - The Rio 2016 Paralympics reviewed with China’s stunning lead

September 20, 2016

A review of the Paralympic Games with a focus on other non-Nigerian records. The special stories or memories we have from the Paralympics. For instance China won overall with a whopping 107 Gold medals and 239 overall. What are they doing that everyone can learn from?

 

The Iranian cyclist who died on Saturday morning, Bahman Golbarnechad, and the other Iranian, Morteza Mehreadselakjani who competed in the Sitting Volleyball and is 2.46m tall, towering over everyone. Also Egypt's Ibrahim Hamadtou who has no arms but competed in T/Tennis, holding the bat in his mouth, and uses his foot to lift the ball, etc.

 

General review of Track and Field in 2016. Who were the standout performers? Below are links of some of the reviews we did. Also what are we looking forward to in 2016? What clashes/events are we to watch out for?

 Top 10 African performers at the Rio Olympics Part 1

 Top 10 African performers at the Rio Olympics Part 2

 

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GAW Ep 20 - Brussels Diamond League & Great North Run reviewed extensively, WU20 Shot Put Champ Konrad Bukowiecki tests positive for Higenamine.

September 15, 2016

Elaine Thompson continues her winning streak against Dafne Schippers in the 100m. Almaz Ayana did a Meet Record in the women's 5000m. Listen to the debate on who is the queen of the 200m. Sandi Morris setting an MR, DLR and American Record in the women's Pole vault, Conseslus Kipruto in the 3000m Steeplechase, Caster Semenya winning the 400m with a Personal Best (will she be aiming for the 400m/800m double next season? Erik Kynard winning the High Jump (men) and Nafi Thiam (women), etc

 

Other stories from recent happenings: Mo Farah and Vivian Cheruiyot win the Great North Run, ending their seasons with victories. It was also Vivian Cheruiyot's debut in the road races and she beat the likes of Tirunesh Dibaba and Jeptoo.

 

Meanwhile World Junior Shot put Champion Konrad Bukowiecki tested positive for Higenamine during the World Juniors. It's not exactly a banned substance but it's not meant to be taken during competition. He has requested for his B sample to be tested.

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GAW Ep 19 - Zurich Diamond League recapped with winners of Diamond Trophies unveiled.

September 6, 2016

Diamond Race winnersannounced at Zurich.  Who were the standout athletes? The rivalry has moved up between Dafne Schippers and ElaineThompson. Ruth Jebet's continuous Steeplechase domination. Asafa Powell runs98th legal sub-10s in the 100m.  LashawnMerritt

 

The Long Jump wasthe play ground for Ivana Spanovic. Listen to find out the other outstandingvictories in Javelin, hurdles,etc. 

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GAW Ep 18 - Ruth Jebet sets new World Record in Paris, Genzebe Dibaba’s MR at Lausanne, other new records set at both Diamond Leagues.

August 30, 2016

Review of the Paris Diamond League, especially the amazing performance of Ruth Jebet doing a World Record of 8:52.83 in the women's 3000m Steeplechase, Yomif Keljecha who set a World Lead (WL) in the men's 3000m, Ben Meite who has been quite consistent this season and equaled the Ivoirian 100m record of 9.96s in the men's 100m, Laura Muir running a Meeting Record and WL of 3:55.22 in the 1500m to finish ahead of Faith Kipyegon. Victories for Tom Walsh in the Shot put, Perkovic in the Discus, Ivana Spanovic in the Long Jump, Nicholas Bett, in the 400mH, Kendra Harrison (100mH) and Dafne Schippers (200m).

 

Review of the Lausanne Diamond League with special focus on Genzebe Dibaba who did a Meeting Record (MR) in the 3000m, Ayanleh Souleiman doing a World Lead and Diamond League record in the 1000m, beating Kiprop to 1st place and even inspiring the Kenyan to do a Personal Best. Sam Kendricks setting an MR in the Pole vault ahead of Renaud Lavillenie and others. 

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GAW Ep 17 - A wrap up of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, best moments and outstanding performances.

August 24, 2016

Overview of the Olympics. Who were the standout performers at theRio Games? Usain Bolt for the Triple Treble, Mo Farah doing the Double Double,Elaine Thompson for doing the sprint double, World Record holders Almaz Ayana,Wayde Van Niekerk and Anita Wlodarcyzk, the likes of Tori Bowie and Andre deGrasse who won three medals each, Thiago Braz da Silva, Caster Semenya, theJapanese 4x100m for winning Silver behind Jamaica, etc.

 

Athletes that didn't live up to expectations at the Games. Whatcould have gone wrong for them? Justin Gatlin, Dafne Schippers, Asbel Kiprop,Trayvon Bromell, English Gardner, Blessing Okagbare, etc.

 

Other trending events. Such include Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryceleaving her long time coach Stephen Francis of the MVP. That shows she's notplanning to call it quits anytime soon. Can she bounce back? The IAAF says thatthe World Youth Championships will no longer be hosted. What are our thoughtson this matter? IAAFWill No Longer Contest World U18 Youth Championships

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GAW Ep15 - Usain Bolt proves he is history’s greatest athlete, new World Records broken and other impressive Rio Olympics performances.

August 16, 2016

Usain Bolt's victory in the 100m. Can he ever be beaten? Should Gatlin be considering retirement now that he has lost his final chance at beating Bolt, or should we be expecting a final clash in London? The presence of two Africans, Akani Simbine and Ben Meite in the 100m final. Is Africa once again becoming a force to be reckoned with in the sprints?

 

Wayde Van Niekerk's World Record: who saw it coming? Being the first African to win the title, what significance does his victory hold for the continent? Can he further lower his time? Mention of Sibanda's performance.

 

Almaz Ayaya's World Record feat. Can she do same in the 5000m?

 

Caterine Ibarguen's victory in the Triple Jump as well. Elaine Thompson winning the women's 100m title - can she do same in the 200m? Should Shelly-Ann call it quits now? Marie Ta Lou finishing 4th and narrowly missing a medal - what is she capable of? Can she beat Ahoure now?

 

Reviews of other events that took place from Friday such as  Jeff Henderson in the Long Jump and Thaim in the Heptathlon.

 

Previews of other events like the men and women's 200m, 800m, Triple Jump, women's Long Jump, relays and so on.

Which events are you most looking forward to this week in Track & Field?

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GAW Ep14 - Is Brazil really set for Rio 2016 Olympics? Usain Bolt and others arrive and the Russia ban issues

August 3, 2016

Current developments in the build up to the Olympics e.g The excitement fever as the Games draw closer; however there has been a lot of negative press with regards to the level of preparedness of Brazil to host the competition, a number of thefts have been reported, some facilities in the Games Village not working properly, Zika virus scare, etc, do we think this will overshadow the games? The International Olympic Committee (IOC) not giving Russia a blanket ban, which means that International federations are to decide whether or not Russian athletes can take part in specific events. For instance the IAAF as well as Swimming and Weightlifting federations aren't allowing any Russians in their events. However other sports like Cycling, Handball, Golf, Gymnastics, etc have no issues with Russian athletes. Is IOC's decision right?

 

Usain Bolt is already in Rio, and he says he didn't sleep all through the flight, suggesting that he's seriously focusing on the job ahead. Can he retain all three titles, or is he favoured to retain just one or two? For instance it would seem that USA has a stronger team in Gatlin, Bromell, Marvin Bracy, Mike Rodgers and Tyson Gay as against Bolt, Yohan Blake, Nickel Ashmeade and Jevaughn Minzie. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the flag bearer of the Jamaican team. This suggests a level of confidence in her abilities. Do they know something we don't? A number of countries have arrived e.g Botswana, Australia, while the US Athletics team leaves for Rio on August 1.

 

Caster Semenya going for the 400m/800m in Rio. Can she win both, or can she only medal in both? Of course she is the main contender in the 800m but can she defeat Shaunae Miller or Allyson Felix in the 400m?

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